Texas SBOE Election: Great Summary

IN today’s Austin Chronicle there’s a very good article on the upcoming elections for members of the Texas State Board of Education: Finding an SBOE Balance: District Roundup. The article begins with a brief reminder of the madness exhibited by the SBOE, followed by a review of the election races district by district. This is an article that all Texas voters should read.

After describing each district’s situation, the article gives a list of incumbents who are either unopposed or facing only token opposition: Rene Nuñez, Lawrence A. Allen Jr., and Bob Craig.

But the most interesting part of this article is right at the end where it summarizes everything and divides the board members into three categories: Sane, Not Sane, and Not Sure. You must agree, dear reader, that this sort of straightforward reporting is rare. We congratulate Lee Nichols, the author.

In the “Sane” group the article lists: Rene Nuñez, Mary Helen Berlanga, Lawrence A. Allen Jr., Thomas Ratliff (most likely to replace Don McLeroy, Not Sane), Patricia Hardy, Mavis B. Knight, and Bob Craig. In that list, Ratliff, Hardy, and Craig are Republicans; the others are Democrats. It’s nice to see that even in Texas there are some sane Republicans getting elected.

The “Not Sane” group are all Republicans: Ken Mercer (that’s “cat-dog” Mercer, who they say is likely to fend off Rebecca Bell-Metereau), Terri Leo, David Bradley, Barbara Cargill, and Gail Lowe (chairman).

The “Not Sure” category includes the race between Michael Soto and Tony Cunningham to replace Rick Agosto — who is classified as “Semi-Sane,” presumably because his votes were always all over the place; the race between Judy Jennings and Marsha Farney (about whom they’re still unsure) to replace Cynthia Dunbar — who is “Not Sane”; and the newly-elected George Clayton, still an unknown, who replaces “Sane” Geraldine Miller.

As we said, this is a very useful article. Click over to the Austin Chronicle and check it out.

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6 responses to “Texas SBOE Election: Great Summary

  1. Hey SC, off-topic but it looks like potential representative is a creationist.

  2. D’oh! You already found that article. My apologies. Feel free to delete both this message and the previous one.

  3. eric says:

    Feel free to delete both this message and the previous one.

    Oh no. My blunders are here for all to see, and now so are yours.

  4. For what it’s worth, I know via Facebook that Thomas Ratliff supports Marsha Farney, which gives me some solace. I have no doubt that Judy Jennings would be the more pro-science board member, but I’m hopeful that Farney is not a wackaloon, to the point that I supported her in her race to defeat Russell.

    Michael Soto is, without a doubt, in the sane category. Cunningham is being overestimated in this piece, and I half-suspect he was the result of some wily Democrats crossing party lines in the primary (for example, see this article).

  5. James F says:

    I have no doubt that Judy Jennings would be the more pro-science board member, but I’m hopeful that Farney is not a wackaloon …

    That’s been my impression. From what I’ve seen, either will be okay.

  6. Curmudgeon: “That’s been my impression. From what I’ve seen, either will be okay.”

    When in doubt, a safe bet in the long run, if not in each individual case, is, to figure that Republicans will be less friendly to creationist scams, and Democrats will be more friendly, after they take no longer need to pander for votes.